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Save the Grand Canyons of the Ocean

Action: Save Our Oceans

May 14, 2013   Action Alert ID# 95

 

Alaska's Bering Sea is home to one of the world's most remarkable natural wonders: 16 submarine canyons, among them the largest ocean canyon in the world. Despite providing important nutrients and habitat for the abundant life in the Bering Sea, and more than a decade of repeated appeals for needed protections, these canyons remain open to damaging commercial fishing.

But the Bering Sea Canyons could see their luck change: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council will decide in June whether to provide important protections for these essential canyons.

More than a billion dollars of seafood is harvested along the Bering Sea shelf break each year -- providing massive profits to a select group of commercial fishing fleets. And the greed of these corporations is fueling the destruction of one of our nation's richest natural resources. Their trawl rigs plough up thousands of miles of seafloor -- in the process destroying the corals and sponges that provide essential habitat for fish and other marine species.

Protecting the incredible diversity and rich fisheries of the canyons starts on the seafloor, with the corals and sponges that provide habitat for many other species.

Take action by telling the council to act now to protect the Bering Sea Canyons from corporate fishing fleets and their wasteful and destructive trawling practices.

May 14, 2013   Action Alert ID# 95

 

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